Kidney Walk

When

May 26

Location

YMCA,

Details

The Kidney Foundation of Canada Presents: Kidney Walk 2019 on Sunday, May 26 at the Downtown YMCA

Its a 2km and 5km walk. Registration begins at 9:00am and the walk begins at 10am.

Registration – $25, 12 & under are $10.

A great Sunday activity for the whole family! To Register, Volunteer or get Organ donation cards: 1.877.715.7700 or www.kidney.ca/sab/walk

 

Sometimes hearing 1 in 10 doesn’t accurately highlight the impact of kidney disease. The impact is that 3.5 million Canadians live with, and die from, this chronic illness. For those with significant loss of kidney function, life is consumed by specialists’ appointments, renal diets, dialysis or transplant treatments, physical and emotional side effects, lost wages, and persistent feelings of being unwell.

Kidney disease is serious. The depth of its impact on the person and his/her family and rate at which it is increasing as a diagnosis is scary. Yet, often, it doesn’t get the level of attention it deserves or requires. It’s time to Step Up means bringing kidney disease out of the shadows and into the conversation; generating attention and funds for support, research, and medical advances on par with the utter relentless nature of the illness.

Why Walk?

Your steps make a difference. Here are some examples of what we accomplished thanks to last year’s walk:

Difference #1: The Kidney Foundation of Canada can continue supporting patient services to help ease the burden of living with kidney disease. As an example, last year the Foundation purchased 3 infant scales for the equipment loan program. For infants on peritoneal dialysis receiving an infant scale means the infant can go home from the hospital as parents can accurately weigh their child and determine the appropriate dialysis regimen. This is huge.

Difference #2: The Kidney Foundation of Canada can now wage a call to action for Canada to increase the rate of organs transplanted by 50% in 5 years. Considering the rate of transplant has only increased 26% in the last decade… this is aggressive. With nearly 75% of the over 4,600 Canadians on the transplant wait list waiting for a kidney this change is vital.

Difference #3: Supporting The Kidney Foundation’s National Research Program, one of the most important sources of funding for scientists conducting kidney-related research in Canada, has changed a diagnosis of kidney disease from little chance of survival to being able to lead a fulfilling life.

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